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The Hangover (2009)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 225
Fresh: 177
Rotten: 48

Critics Consensus: With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 939,206


Movie Info

A blowout Las Vegas bachelor party turns into a race against time when three hung-over groomsmen awaken after a night of drunken debauchery to find that the groom has gone missing, and attempt to get him to the alter in time for his wedding. In 48 hours, Doug is scheduled to walk down the aisle, effectively ending his reign as a rowdy bachelor. Realizing that this is their last blowout with their best friend, Doug's groomsmen organize a Sin City bachelor bash he'll never forget. The next … More

R (for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material)
Directed By:
Written By:
Scott Moore , Jon Lucas
In Theaters:
Dec 15, 2009
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Hangover

All Critics (227) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (177) | Rotten (48) | DVD (17)

An intriguing, time-hopping set-up is wasted on obnoxious characters, celebrity cameos and crass attempts at humour.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

You might be embarrassed by laughing at some of the silliness, but don't be: Everyone else will be cracking up, too.

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
New York Observer
Top Critic

The movie smells like a hit, but honestly: Helms excepted, did it need to be quite so blandly cast, or quite so lamely raunchy?

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There is a sort of perverse brilliance or brilliant perverseness to be found in this story of a bachelor party gone terribly wrong.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Hangover, like the condition for which it's named, has some spirited moments, but more often it stumbles and slurs, regurgitating earlier pleasures and praying for the fog to lift.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Amusing as it is, it never feels real.

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The galaxy Galifianakis is beaming in from is infinitely more fascinating than the one this film occupies, but his visits from Beserko World are more than worth it.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

The kind of brilliant comedy that will have you gasping, laughing so hard you'll have tears in your eyes and rocking back in your chair from laughter.

Full Review… | May 25, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Just when you think things can't get any more farcical, they do: The Hangover is the Crank of comedy.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

If the movie's gleeful rush into areas of questionable comedic taste occasionally raises an eyebrow here and there, the end sequence will sear them right off.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

A younger generation is finding new stupid things to do underneath the desert sun.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
East Bay Express

Starting on Monday, Coogan and Bryden share meals . . . and what passes for conversation. When they're not insufferable, they're boring

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
Urban Cinefile

I highly recommend going into this film blind, just to keep some of the surprises from being ruined. Oh, and being a 21-year-old male will also really help you to enjoy this flick.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

The Hangover might not be top class indie pop art, but the film represents the best of what comedy can provide -- pure, unadulterated, slaphappy entertainment. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010

I can definitely understand why it was a humongous hit, but when all is said and done, once was enough for this partier...

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Cinema Crazed

It's good for wasting time and pondering the absurdity of not-so-random events, but not for much else.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
Cinema Sight

A fun time is had watching these three men piece together a night that never was, something of an old school detective story mixed with a heavy dose of adult humour. Better comedies have been released, yet not many as brazen as The Hangover.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

The Hangover doesn't contain the constant rip-roaring laughs the likes of Superbad or some of the Frat Pack's best.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

Bachelor Party meets Dude, Where's My Car (and about as entertaining as the two of them averaged together.)

Full Review… | April 7, 2010

The stupid fun of The Hangover is worth experiencing at least once. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Groucho Reviews

Todd Philips, who wrote and directed Road Trip and Old Scool, wrote Borat, and even plays the coked out Israeli dude in the elevator in The Hangover, has had his finger on the pulse of modern comedy cinema for a decade.

Full Review… | January 6, 2010

Quite entertaining as an entry in this tried-and-true genre of "guys going on a inadvertent wacky adventure," and I like how this one is set up as a kind of mystery.

Full Review… | December 29, 2009
Window to the Movies

The real underlying message of The Hangover, as in most of Phillips' films, is that women are shrews, whores and/or fools-though Galifinakis is the only one to deal with the homoerotic subtext within the male bonding.

Full Review… | December 26, 2009

works not because it is a comedy, but because its unimpressive comedic content is framed by much more interesting detective story

Full Review… | December 15, 2009

...apparently, I have no sense of humor for finding so little joy in the runaway hit comedy 'The Hangover.'

Full Review… | December 13, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Question: What do Mike Tyson's tiger, a chicken, a horrible effeminate Chinese man stereotype naked in a car trunk, a stolen police car, a baby, a missing tooth and Phil Collins' music all have in common? Answer: Nothing...

Full Review… | December 6, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Hangover

Laughed throughout this whole movie. a great cast that just has a great time and you can see it. 5 stars easy!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

The Hangover is funny. It made me laugh quite a few times in fact. It isn't, however, as funny as everyone says it is. I thought Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms were both very good, they obviously have a talent for impromptu comedy but their greatness is often marred by the films unfunny performers, namely Ken Jeong & Rob Riggle. Todd Phillips has grown up as a director but unfortunately there is still a lot of stupid and unfunny 'Frat' humour here that he really needs to rid himself of, without it, The Hangover would have been a much better film.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Very funny movie about the day after a batchelor party. Four friends go to Vegas for a batchelor party. They wake up the next day to find Mike Tyson's tiger in their hotel room, a baby boy, a missing tooth, someone got married (not the groom), a hospital wrist band and the groom is missing. They have to try to piece together the night before, to find the groom and get to the wedding on time. I love the police car scenes and the poker scenes. This movie is a bit like Dude, Where's My Car and Very Bad Things. Great cast. Stay on at the end to watch the snaps from the night before. Hilarious!

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The Hangover is one of the most memorable and hilarious comedies of the last ten years. Todd Phillips has made the best film of his career and he assembles a great cast of talented actors that deliver some hilarious performances. The jokes are great, and the film is entertaining and original. I really was surprised at how good this film turned out to be. When I originally saw this film, I went expecting something that wouldn't be that great, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a near flawless comedy that boasts some great on-screen comedy and it is a film that is entertaining from start to finish. There is nothing really to dislike here, if you want a funny film, and then gives this one a shot. Todd Phillips delivers a great film, one that shows how talented he is in terms of creating something hilarious, while telling an interesting story. The Hangover is not a masterpiece, but it is one of the best comedies that manages to bring on effective laughs and memorable on-screen moments. If you're tired of uninspired comedies and you enjoy amusing comedies that will keep you laughing from start to finish, then this is the film for you. The Hangover is memorable and it is a guaranteed good time that you're sure to enjoy. Skip the sequels, they are not worth your time, but definitely check this one out. Todd Phillips direction is great, and with that being said he has a good understanding of how to make a worthwhile comedy. The Hanover is a great film, one that is refreshing and just hilarious from the first frame onwards.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

The Hangover Quotes

Can I ask you another question?
You probably get this a lot. This isn't real Caesars Palace. is it?
What do you mean?
Did ummm, did Caesar live here?
Ummm, no.
I didn't think so.
– Submitted by Joe N (17 months ago)
Mr. Chow:
Now, give me money. Or I shoot him, and I shoot all you motha fuckas and then we take it. Your choice bitches.
– Submitted by Joe N (17 months ago)
Mr. Chow:
So long gay-boys!
– Submitted by Scott M (21 months ago)
It's not a purse. It's a sachel. Besides, Indiana Jones has one.
– Submitted by Aaron S (22 months ago)
Why can't we remember ANYTHING that happened last night?
That's one of the side-effects of Roofies. Memory loss.
You are literally too stupid to insult.
Thank you.
– Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (2 years ago)
Are my glasses okay?
Your sunglasses are okay, dick.
– Submitted by Nicolas T (2 years ago)

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